Rory Mackenzie is juror number seven on a high-profile murder case in her hometown of Ransom River, California. It's a place she vowed never to visit again, after leaving behind its surfeit of regret and misfortune and the specter of a troubled past that threatened to disturb the town's peaceful façade.
Brilliant yet guarded, Rory has always felt like an outsider. She retreated into herself when both her career aspirations and her love affair with a childhood friend, undercover cop Seth Colder, were destroyed in a tragic accident.
While most of the town is focused on the tense and shocking circumstances of the trial, Rory's return to Ransom River dredges up troubling memories from her childhood that she can no longer ignore. But in the wake of a desperate attack on the courthouse, Rory realizes that exposing these dark skeletons has connected her to an old case that was never solved, and bringing the truth to light just might destroy her.
Departing from her popular series novels, Meg Gardiner has gone deeper than ever into the utterly convincing lives and compelling pasts of her characters. Ransom River is an intimate crime thriller with a dark mystery at its heart - one that will keep listeners breathless.
©2012 Meg Gardiner (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
Gads, this started out fast and 11 hrs later, ended with the same fast pace! This kept me on the edge nearly the entire listen. This is a pure mystery with a small amount of romance, so beware, if you wanted a steamy romance, this is not it.
This was a great thrill ride with lots of mini stories that got connected and kept the listener glued to the listen to find out the how and why of the story. If you like the reader, check out Phillip Magolin's "After Dark" it will not disappoint and has this same emotional thrill.
I purchased this author because Ms Dawe was the reader and was thrilled that the story was so fast paced.
generally, I don't think many of my listens would translate to film, but this one most certainly would. Think in terms of the film, "LA Confidential ".
this author left room for more books with these characters so we can only hope she did write them and they will be produced for Audible.
Ok, I really like Seth and Rory as adults but that bullying crap from Boone and Rissa was just ridiculous. We just keep going for ‘now to then.’ If the bullying hadn’t stopped when it did I don’t think I would have finished this book. The bullying didn’t have to take up so many pages so I’m assuming that was to make up more printed pages in the book, rather than telling you something important. I mean, the story could have just said “Boone and Rissa bullied Rory when she was a kid” and we would have gotten it. Instead we had to read pages and pages of HOW and when they bullied her. I finally ended up skimming a lot of pages in order to get to something that had to do with the present and not the past. This book did NOT have to be 368 pages. It could have been 100 pages less and been really good. There was way too much useless descriptions of furniture, grass, trees, cars, everything no one really cares about.
This story was about a twenty year old 25 million dollar armored car heist: the men who were caught, the one who got away, and where the money went, since it was never found until the end of the book.
There was not one iota for desire or lust or passion between Seth and Rory, not even a near kiss, and then at 72% they had fade-to-black sex. How stupid was that? And the F-bomb was used 18 times.
I did like Samantha and Will, Rory’s parents, and Petra, her BFF. But I gotta tell ya’ that Rissa and Boone were two sick puppies. From childhood on they were out to torment Rory, and kill her if need-be.
As to the narrator: This is one of Ms.Dawe’s earlier books (2012), when she used to hesitate too long and too often during her reading BUT I can deal with that because her men sounded like men, which I can’t say for about 95% of female narrators back then. When a book describes a man with a deep husky voice and HE sounds like a GIRL, that’s the sign of a bad narrator. Angela Dawe has become one of my favorite narrators so I can, pretty much, forgive her anything. In fact, I can forgive any female narrator anything as long as the men sound like men.
The story and characters are revealed through non-stop action. Believable characters, flawed and human, even the bad guys have motivation. Don't expect to read this one at bedtime unless you can stay up all night. Great performance on the audio version, too.
I have read most of Meg Gardiner books so picked this one up as soon as it came out. It started out slow -- but picked up the pace as the book went on.
I am not sure about the ending -- did not make much sense - but the story was good
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